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7 Easy Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger


Small rooms may have low square footage but they don’t always have to feel that way. Professional painting companies use certain tricks to make a space feel larger than it really is – changing the cramped feeling into something else. These strategies fit into a budget much better than knocking out a wall and adding an extension.

Expanding a small space is one of our common requests here at Al’s Painting. For over 50 years we’ve been helping homeowners in Eau Claire love their space by offering professional color schemes, quality painting, and top-notch service. In this article, we will share seven easy and effective ways that we have used to make a small room look bigger.

Opt for Light Colors

When it comes to painting a small room, light colors are your best friend. Choose soft, neutral shades such as whites, creams, pastels, or light grays. Lighter hues reflect more light and create an illusion of spaciousness, making the room feel larger and brighter. Darker or brighter colors draw your eye to it and create a boundary that limits the feeling of space in the room. By sticking with lighter colors you can get a more expansive feel – especially if we can play off any natural light that comes into the space on its own. Al’s Painting can help you you select the perfect color palette to enhance the visual appeal of your small space.

Embrace Natural Light

Maximize the natural light in your small room to create a sense of openness. Remove heavy curtains or blinds and opt for sheer or light-colored window treatments that allow sunlight to filter through. Keep windows unobstructed to let the light flood in and illuminate the space. Natural light has a transformative effect and can make a small room feel more airy and spacious. This strategy may include some trimming of heavy trees outside the window if they are obstructing the light.

Use Strategic Wall Painting Techniques

In addition to choosing light colors, you can employ strategic painting techniques to enhance the perceived size of your room. Consider painting the walls, ceiling, and trim in the same color to create a seamless and continuous flow. By removing the two-toned colors that most rooms have you eliminate visual breaks and make the room feel more open and expansive. Any strategy that helps you to remove the containment of the room by matching colors is going to make the room feel larger.

Optimize Furniture Arrangement

Choose furniture that suits the scale of your small room. Avoid oversized pieces that overpower the space and opt for furniture with slim profiles. Arrange furniture in a way that maximizes floor space and promotes easy movement. Use multifunctional furniture, such as storage ottomans or nested tables, to reduce clutter and make the most of limited space.

Use Mirrors Strategically

We love mirrors. Mirrors are excellent tools for creating the illusion of space. If you place a large mirror on a wall opposite a window it reflects natural light and makes the room appear much larger than it really is. You can even use multiple mirrors arranged in a gallery-style display to add depth and create a sense of expansiveness. The great thing about using mirrors is that they amplify light and visually extend the boundaries of the room. Using mirrors combined with the strategy to keep everything the same color will really open up the space and change the whole feel. (1)

Consider Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes create an optical illusion that makes the walls appear taller, thus making the room feel more spacious. Consider incorporating vertical stripes in your design scheme through wallpaper, accent walls, or decorative elements. This simple trick draws the eye upward, adding a sense of height and openness to the room.

Keep Clutter to a Minimum

Clutter is the enemy of small spaces. It can quickly make a small room feel cramped and claustrophobic. Embrace minimalist design principles by decluttering and organizing your space. Invest in smart storage solutions, such as floating shelves or built-in cabinets, to keep items off the floor and maintain a tidy appearance. There are some really neat dual-purpose furniture pieces with hidden storage that are great for small room storage. By reducing visual clutter, you can create a more open and inviting atmosphere.


Making a small room look bigger is all about smart design choices and strategic painting techniques. Many of our recommendations are things you can do on your own to change the feel of that small room: mirrors and furniture especially. When it comes to deciding if you should go with one color or vertical stripes it will depend on the space, the light, and the budget. Vertical stripes are harder to paint and typically cost more.

There are many ways to stay in the driver’s seat with your small spaces. If you have any questions or are struggling with how to work that space give us a call and we’d love to give a free estimate at your property. Experience the magic of Al’s Painting’s exceptional interior painting service in Eau Claire. Our skilled team of painters will revitalize your living spaces, turning your vision into reality with precision and artistry.

Top Interior Painting Company of Eau Claire: Al’s Painting

At Al’s Painting we pride ourselves on changing small spaces into lovely spaces across Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley. With over 50 years of experience, we have the expertise to help you create a more spacious environment. Our paint crews are experts in interior painting, exterior painting, house painting, commercial painting, and staining. We’ll even consider small carpentry projects if it’ll help get your house where you want it. Contact Al’s Painting today to schedule a consultation and let our professional team bring their expertise to your project.

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